By CECILE METCALF
It's Bieber but not as we know him: Justin's a changed man with his wrist bling, baggy pants, leathers, high tops, Tupac bandana and a crotch grabbing crip walk!
Is Justin turning gangsta?! You better Belieber it!
It seems now he has turned 18, he is determined to shake off any connection with his Disney tween star roots, and is looking to rap's most controversial characters for inspiration.
The latest indication he's having a coming-of-age image crisis can be seen by his choice of headgear as he arrives at Narita's International Airport in Japan with girlfriend Selena Gomez.
Tupac time: Late rapper Tupac rocked the bandana accessory in the 90s and now Justin Bieber is taking inspiration for his style as forms an identity as an adult man
Justin's wearing a bad boy bandana almost identical to that made famous by late rapper Tupac Shakur in the 90s.
This follows a recent spell of reports that all indicate he is no more Mr Nice Bieber.
These include Justin being arrested for reckless driving, partying hard all night at the Chateau Marmont in LA after Katy Perry's film premiere and wearing pants so low that he nearly lost them while walking along.
Justin arrives in Japan: Bieber Fever has taken hold of swarms of fans who are there to greet him with chaos and mayhem upon arrival in Tokyo
Alarm bells started ringing that Justin was straying from his clean cut image when Rihanna's violent ex boyfriend Chris Brown made an appearance at Justin premiere for his film 'Never say Never'.
He also performed with rap legend Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Sean Kingston and Usher.
The Boyfriend singer has been dropping a fair few hints that he is a macho man rather than a Disney dweeb now.
At the end of June he was seen posing on a beach busting some gangsta hand signs and dressed pretty similarly to a generic rap star wearing a pair of baggy blue jeans with a white T-shirt and a sleeveless jacket.
With his quiff fully gelled the young Canadian waved his hands about and stuck out his tongue as he posed enthusiastically.
Drifting apart? Will a split with Selena be the next part of Justin's revamped bad boy persona
His gangster parody will be of no surprise to his fans as they have seen him become more and more involved with rappers.
His most recent single, As Long as You Love Me, features Kanye West signed star Big Sean, and the MC has spoken glowingly about Bieber.
Big Sean said: 'he is a good dude, man. And I ain't toning down nothing — I'm diverse, I can write raps to any type of song.'
The 24-year-old liked working with Justin so much that he even gave him a special piece of mandatory bling as a gift.
While the hip-hop and rap world might be embracing Justin's discovery of his inner ghetto gangsta, one person who doesn't seem so keen is his girlfriend 19 year old Selena Gomez.
Have they cooled things off: These pictures of Justin and Selena together eating kids ice cream seem a little set-up
It is rumoured that the couple, who both met as Disney child stars, could be heading for a split.
In a similar situation to that of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake before them, it wouldn't be surprising if their relationship is on the rocks.
Justin shocked fans with a raunchy routine in his next video where he passionately kisses a sexy girl.
Bad boys for life: Justin learns the ropes for from the ultimate hip-hop and rap legend Busta Rhymes at a performance last year
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Recently a source has told the Daily Mirror that: 'They might be young, but Justin and Selena’s is a very adult relationship.
'They have had to grow up really fast because of the pressures of their careers.
'To begin with, their similar situations complemented each other, but now they seem to be drifting apart.'
The UK is set to be the next destination hit by the 'Bieber Fever' phenomenon.
Justin has lined up his first arena tour in the UK for two years with a series of six shows.
It was announced earlier this month that the Canadian singer's 2013 dates of his 'Believe' tour will begin at Manchester Arena on February 19 next year.
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